BINKA ZHELYAZKOVA is a Bulgarian director, born in 1923 in Svilengrad, then the Kingdom of Bulgaria. He graduated from the State Higher Theater School in Sofia in 1951. After graduating, he began working as an assistant director at the Boyana Film Studio. Her first film, Life Lives Quietly (1957), was shot with her husband, screenwriter Hristo Ganev. In the late 1950s, Binka Zhelyazkova was one of the few female directors in the world to make feature films. He has directed 7 feature films and 2 documentaries. Four of her nine films were stopped by censorship and reached the public only in 1988. She is the chairwoman of the Bulgarian section of KIWI (International Organization of Women Working in Cinema, established in 1989 in Tbilisi, also involved in charity). The film ‘The Last Word’ was in the Official Selection at Cannes in 1974, and in 1980 the film ‘The Great Night Bathing’ was included in the selection ‘Un Certain Regard’ at Cannes.
After the fall of the communist regime in Bulgaria in 1989, Binka Zhelyazkova stopped making films. Soon after, she completely withdrew from all public appearances. In 2006 and 2008 he received the Award for Overall Creativity of the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers and the National Film Center.
'Sometimes circumstances don't give us a choice, and being involved in a billiard party, we have to do very little to be fair in the game – not to be a ball to hit to hit the other; to preserve our basic human decency…'